Marina Master Plan and Marina, Jetty, Shoreline, and Water Quality Garden Improvements

Denver, Colorado

The Sloan’s Lake Marina has been transformed from a blighted and dangerous eyesore to a vibrant multi-use recreational facility. This marina, in Sloan’s Lake Park in northwest Denver, was once the premier boating and lake-oriented recreational facility in the Denver area. Built by the WPA in the 1930s, the marina had gone through a series of repairs, but by 2010 had fallen on hard times, and was a blight on the otherwise re-surging park. Failed retaining walls, undermined paving, and general disrepair prompted the City of Denver Parks and Recreation Department to close off several of the marina areas due to safety concerns.

A master plan was developed for the future build-out of the marina, including renovation of the historic boathouse, and rebuilding of the marina jetty, lake edge walls, and landscape. The new plan created a pedestrian friendly environment that respected the historic design with pedestrian friendly updates including generous walkways, shade shelters, benches and picnic areas. The boathouse will be redeveloped in later phases as a community center and events venue. A key element of the plan is a stormwater treatment garden that treats stormwater from adjacent neighborhoods, removing sediment and pollutants that previously dumped directly into the lake.

A Stream principal served as Project Manager and Lead Designer while with URS Corporation.